Running Lady Lions Fair Well at Austin ISD XC Invite
After missing last weekendâs home meet, Hippensteel Invitational, due to Hurricane Harvey, the Lady Lions got back in the swing of things traveling to Austin this past Friday with good results. The Varsity team placed 16th out of 21 teams entered, while the JV team placed 13th out of 21 teams, and the Freshman team placing 1st out of 6 teams entered.
In Varsity competition, the Lions placed 16th out of 21 teams and were led by Freshman Brisa Magallanez (23:06) with a 61st place out of 150+ runners entered over the 5000 meter plus course. Junior caption Charisma Magallanez(23:17/67th) finished just seconds behind Brisa. Freshman Adelaide Mason(89th/24:13) was the next lion to cross the line battling the main pack and picked up some key points with a strong finish. Freshman, Megan Wheeler(112th/25:00) and Junior Aracely Varillas(114th/25:04), came in as Lockhart’s crucial 4th and 5th runners finishing neck and neck as the second main wave of runners crossed. Junior Captain Angelina Toomey(124th/26:00) rounded out the Varsity field. âThis was great race for the ladies, due to last weekâs circumstances; we jumped from a one mile race three weeks ago to a 3.1 mile race this week, so there was a bit of nerves out there. Overall they surprised me and showed they really want to prove something this season,â says Head Girls Coach Reuben Ortiz.â âThis is our youngest team we have ever had, but Charisma has stepped in there and pushed and paced these girls. They wouldnât have raced like they did today without her.â
In the deepest race of the day, the Girls Junior Varsity division, the Lions placed 13th as a team out of 21 teams entered. The team was led by Sophomore Newcomer Emily Rivera with a 56th place finish and a time of 26:30; the field had nearly 230 runners entered in the 3.1 mile plus course. Right on her heels was a wave of Lions as Sophomore Marissa Ramos(63rd/26:57), Sophomore Dezyrae Morales(68th/27:05), Sophomore Nallely Varillas(70th/27:08) and Junior Alissa Taylor(94th/27:59) came in to give the Lions a strong five. The next wave of Lions came soon after as Sophomore Newcomer Josette Medina(28:51), Sophomore Newcomer Ashley Goodman(29:21), Junior Newcomer Allana Bethal(30:26), Sophomore Newcomer Caitlin Borchert(30:31), Senior Co-Captain Bonnie Cole(31:49), Sophomore Alma Santos(34:30) and Sophomore Newcomer Jennifer Perez (34:35) finished up the field of Lion runners. âThis was a huge race,â says Coach Ortiz. âEvery girl had someone to run with in front of them and behind them from start to finish. As young as our team is, these are the kinds of races they need to push and test themselves.â
In the final race of the day, the Girls Freshman team took home the title and placed first out of six teams entered. Kessler Bailey led the charge and took home the Bronze medal finishing 3rd overall with a time of 24:34 over the 3.1 mile plus course. Bailey battled with the duo leaders of Austin Bowie and finished just seconds behind them. In a photo finish, Isabella Franco outkicked a Round Rock Stony Point competitor to finish 4th overall with a time of 25:51. Landis Moorhead(27:07) and Amanda Gamboa(27:34) used a late push to get ahead of a small group of Austin Anderson and Del Valle runners to steal the last medal of top 10 honors, placing 8th and 9th overall. âThis was a great ending to our long day,â says Coach Ortiz. âThere were fewer numbers than the other divisions, but that didnât deter them from going out and racing.
My kicker of the week award goes out to Kessler Bailey. She started out aggressive and stayed aggressive the entire way. This was a great first race of the season for her today.â
The Lady Lions season will continue against top notch competition as they travel this coming Saturday, September 9th to Austin again as they compete at St. Andrews. St. Andrews is considered the top meet for state ranked private schools across Texas and brings high level competition for public schools, as well.